Zerkaly Meteorite

Zerkaly Meteorite Quick Facts

  • Name: Zerkaly
  • Year Discovered: 1956
  • Approximate Recovery Location: A322, 134, Altayskiy kray, Russia, 658363
  • Precise Recovery Location: (52.13333, 81.96667)
  • Mass: 16000 grams
  • Classification: H5
  • Discovery Type: Found
  • Condition: Valid

More Details About the Zerkaly Meteorite

The Zerkaly meteorite was discovered in 1956. It was recovered in A322, 134, Altayskiy kray, Russia, 658363 (52.13333, 81.96667). It has a mass of 16000 grams.

Zerkaly is considered a “Valid” meteorite. “Valid” meteorites are typical meteorites with average weathering, while “relict” meteorites are those that have been extremely altered, either due to weathering over time or human intervention.

Zerkaly’s official classification is H5. The “H5” classification indicates a high-iron ordinary chondrite from the H group, characterized by its relatively small chondrules and siderophile elements, with oxygen isotope ratios nearing Earth’s values. This type 5 meteorite has undergone significant metamorphism, leading to a uniform composition of minerals like olivine and pyroxene, growth of secondary minerals, and less distinct chondrule features.

The Zerkaly meteorite is a “Found” meteorite. Meteorites are classified as “falls” if they were observed falling and recovered, while “finds” are those discovered later, often weathered by longer exposure to Earth’s environment and without a record of being seen as they fell.

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Last Updated: 1/18/24

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